Free Spirit PRO Documentaries to air on WTTW - Chicago PBS
January 26, 2017
(left to right) Free Spirit PRO's J'mme Love, Chris Summers, Darren Sanders, and DanielshÃ© Rodgers talk production process, Chicago neighborhoods, and authenticity in documentary filmmaking at "Youth Voice and Vision with Free Spirit Media"
Following the success of Youth Voice and Vision with Free Spirit Media, our screening and discussion panel at the Chicago Cultural Center, two Free Spirit PRO documentaries will make their television broadcast debut Friday night at 10pm and Sunday afternoon at 3:30pm on WTTW - Chicago PBS Channel 11.
Last week, four Free Spirit PRO filmmakers took the stage at the Chicago Cultural Center Youth Voice and Vision with Free Spirit Media, presented by WTTW - Chicago PBS in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, to share their experience and vision in producing Free Spirit PRO's powerful documentaries. Now, two of the films, Nia & Kim and Ubuntu: The Peace Exchange in South Africa will broadcast on WTTW Channel 11 this weekend, marking each piece's television premiere:
Nia & Kim - Nia is a high school senior only months away from graduation. A bright student, she dreams of attending college and having a successful career. Nia’s mother, Kim, a teacher at an alternative school and single mom, could not be more proud of her daughter. A few months ago, they were evicted from their Section 8 housing and are currently homeless. Nia and Kim is a short documentary portrait of a mother and daughter facing hard times, but persevering to overcome the obstacles in their way.
Ubuntu: The Peace Exchange in South Africa - "I am what I am, because of who we all are." As part of the Peace Exchange leadership program, Peace Builders from Chicago traveled to South Africa in the summer of 2016, 22 years after the end of apartheid. The six young Chicagoans were welcomed by the Johannesburg Genocide & Holocaust Centre, explored solutions to inadequate housing with Start Living Green, lead an art therapy project for children with Lefika La Phodiso, and facilitated youth peace circles with Imagine Scholar.
Free Spirit Media is excited to continue our partnership with WTTW-Chicago PBS, and looks forward to continuing the critical work of amplifying young voices in Chicago and beyond.
Tune into WTTW Channel 11 for Free Spirit Media Presents... this Friday, January 27 at 10pm and Sunday, January 29 at 3:30pm to support Free Spirit PRO's powerful work.